- Fact: Burnout is more often a result of feeling responsible for things that are not yours to carry than it is a result of having too much to do on your plate. Both can and do contribute to feeling overwhelmed and depleted, but the former is often an overlooked factor in employee burnout.
- Action: Reflect on the definition of overfunctioning: To feel, think or act for another in a way that erodes the other’s capacity for ownership and effective action. Consider where and with whom you might be overfunctioning, and whether you might be feeling responsible for things that are not yours to carry. For example, do you feel responsible for others being happy? While you might impact others’ happiness, whether they actually are is their responsibility, not yours. Practice letting go of the burdens and concerns that belong with others and put your energy into doing those things that only you can do.
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